Southwest Youth Services Collaborative

In 1991, the Chicago Community Trust (CCT) created the Children, Youth and Families Initiative, a 10 year investment in Chicago neighborhoods to make youth programs more comprehensive, better integrated, community-based, and responsive to the needs of children, adolescents and their families. In conjunction with the local development corporation, YMCA, churches, and one of only a few CBOs, CCT created a strategic plan for addressing the needs of youth and children on the Southwest Side. Turning the strategic plan into reality lead to the establishment of SWYC. The goal was for SWYC to bring together youth and adults from the many diverse cultures existing on the Southwest Side to assist in the creation of a comprehensive, coordinated system of neighborhood-based youth services; foster community involvement in servicing youth by creating a community board of both youth and adults, creating replicable models of projects that promote community involvement and encourage service providers to reach out to the entir

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